We now write Cricinfo’s weekly Twitter round-up

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It would seem that we’re selling off our newsletter for parts.

Following cricketers on Twitter is actually pretty boring. James Anderson and Graeme Swann are smart and funny and Dale Steyn used to be, but the rest are generally either illiterate or don’t know when to shut up.

The original subheading of our new Cricinfo feature was ‘braving cricketers’ “banter” so you don’t have to‘. That’s basically the premise. There is some good cricket stuff on Twitter, but JESUS CHRIST CAN YOU STOP GOING ON ABOUT NANDO’S FOR FIVE MINUTES.

So yes, there’s also bad stuff, but hopefully some of that can be made entertaining as well. The Twitter round-up will develop over time, but we’re fairly happy with the first one and a couple of bits have the whiff of being regular features already.

Being as it’s weekly, we aren’t going to link to every instalment from here, but please try and follow it if you think you might like it. There doesn’t seem to be any special Twitter round-up subscription option, but if you know what you’re doing with RSS feeds and that, this is our author page and they should all appear there.

Cricinfo’s weekly Twitter round-up.


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  1. It’s an honourable profession, KC. For centuries people have painstakingly combed through mountains of shit to find the occasional nugget of gold. Why should it be any different in today’s computerised world?

    I expect you’ll find some good stuff, so I think it’s well worth keeping an eye on it. But I also think you’ve got your work cut out. The amount of gold in circulation has stayed pretty much the same over the years, while at the same time Twitter has exponentially increased the size of the shit mountain. It’s their great (and only) gift to the world.

    Got to go – The World Bank is reporting a lack of confidence in Asian markets, and I need to know what Katie Price thinks about that.

  2. Is there a special name for people who comb Twitter for nuggets? If not, there should be. For example, people who sift mud and silt for gold are said to be “prospecting”. But what are Twitter-sifters doing? Twifting? Are they twifters? Are we living in an age of twift? We should be told.

    The new page is very good btw.

    1. They are known as “The Twitterati”.

      Whereas old cynical dogs like me are known as “The Gitterati”.

      Excellent stuff on Cricinfo there, KC. I wish you the very best of luck with your new series. Or is it a serial?

  3. Did you just say Tendulkar is illiterate or doesn’t know when to shut up?

    I can see your body tumbling into the cricinfo well and the air reverberating with “THIS. IS. MUMBAIIIIIIIII”.

  4. Brilliant Brilliant article on Shiv, KC. Have been dying to read a good tribute to him. Its way better than Steen’s dictionary aided efforts.

    Especially like this part:

    “The line separating confidence from delusion is a thin one. Shiv had probably been on the wrong side of that line, but he stayed where he was and eventually it moved towards him, even if his team-mates couldn’t help justify his position completely.”

    1. Thanks very much. We put some effort into that one. Really nice to hear it’s appreciated.

  5. Top Twitter digging (Twigging?) KC… If only it would land in my inbox each Thursday without having to RSS or go to Cricinfo or anything. You know, like a newsletter.

  6. You must feel like the people at the tip whose job it is to stand at the conveyor belt, picking out the stuff that has a small possibility of being recycled.

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